Friday 17 November 2017

John Downing: There is a 'gap in the market' for a new low-tax, right-wing party

IF ONE in three people "don't know" who to vote for, what are the odds on us getting a clatter of TDs who "don't know"? Come to that, what odds on us getting a Taoiseach who "doesn't know"?

It is 15 months to the next election, when voters will choose local councillors and European Parliament members and we are, in all probability, fully three years away from the next Dail election. So, yesterday's Millward Brown opinion poll finding that one in three people "don't know" which party to support is not surprising.

But anecdotally we know that "don't know" can be read as "don't care" and much of that sentiment is down to the deep sense of disappointment with the economic collapse which spread widespread disenchantment with established political parties. So, another finding in the same survey – that up to half of voters would like to see a new party emerge – is of considerable interest.

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